July 19, 2015 Subject:
Hey KENNYBEE I was there too
I remember the partial/late start by the band. At the long break most of the audience left. It was my first dead concert, and a friend insisted they would come back, which they did with an electric vengeance. Maybe 100-200 people stayed for the long second set, if I recall.
July 10, 2014 Subject:
I'm not convinced this is sdbd recording, and even if it was, the quality is poor enough that for it to be stream only seems silly. Anything that might ever see release from this show would have to be far superior and this wouldn't compete in the slightest. This sounds more like a microphone tape from right in close to the stage. The sound of the applause at the end of the songs just doesn't quite seem sound board to me, that and the way the vocal peaks overloading sound like an auto level control portable. It was able to handle the sound pressure levels of the acoustic set but probably got way overloaded and blown out by the electric set, which is a likely reason why it doesn't also circulate.
I'd call it a relaxed and intimate performance, not at all tired. This college tour in spring 1970 was one great show after another. This period after recording Workingmans Dead and leading into the sessions for American Beauty is possibly Jerry's greatest period. He's 27, he's playing acoustic electric and pedal steel night after night, great songs are being written, great performances are happening,His physical abilities are at their peak, too bad more good tapes don't exist from this time.
Near the end of Black Peter the organ joins in even as the harmonica plays but the harmonica soon disappears so maybe Pig began playing the organ with one hand before putting down the harmonica. The way it comes in also sounds more like a microphone recording too, it doesn't sound like a line fed signal being added to the mix. 5 star performance and 2.5 star sound.
I'm giving it 4.
Edit 5/10/2012. Listened again. This is NOT a sdbd. The vocals are not close miked line sourced. No Way. They are ambient.
Reviewer:light into ashes
January 15, 2013 Subject:
misdated tape - this is actually 5/3/70
A comparison with the video revealed some surprising things about this tape - it's not from Worcester at all, but from the 5/3/70 acoustic set.
On the 5/3/70 video, Weir can be seen saying that Phil & Mickey are still on their way from upstate New York, as he says here.
The unknown harmonica player is also on the video, which shows him playing in Deep Elem Blues & Silver Threads. (Those are the only two acoustic songs on the video.)
Also note the announcement at the end, about the free food running out at the first-aid station. The first-aid station is also mentioned on the video, and on the 5/3/70 audience tape. That show was also notable for free food being brought to the audience by the Hog Farm & other associations.
So I think it's beyond doubt that this tape is misdated. It does sound like an SBD to me, but it was recorded outdoors on a hasty stage setup; the audience does not sound 'indoors.' I wish we knew how this fragment got into circulation under the wrong date, and why it cuts off so soon.
Sadly, this means there is no available recording of 5/9/70.
By the way - KENNYBEE - who wrote a review back in 2010, wrote that he & a friend taped this show on cassette: "Have a lousy recording of some of these songs...cassette audio was overloaded and really awful."
Kennybee, if you're still out there, please post on the Dead forum here. Some of us would be interested in knowing what's on that tape!
May 10, 2012 Subject:
Short acoustic set.
January 19, 2011 Subject:
It is rare that you will hear this level of pureness from Jerry. He is in his folk element, strong, clear voice. Good cover of Linda's STGN. This is a real treat for a Dead fan.
November 16, 2010 Subject:
GRATEFUL DEAD - ONE LONG NIGHT
I attended this show and have a few photos taken
with a 126 camera and the 4-sided flashcubes. was there with a bunch of friends really down close enough to spit onstage - a friend recorded onto a portable cassette recorder- but would not want to brag about the sound quality. Concert was
essentially in a gymnasium - Harrington auditorium it was called - we sat on the floor
on canvas tarps and Jerry and Bob opened up doing
acoustic songs - Monkey and Engineer and I do remember pigpen being there. Electric new riders came out after that - Jerry on steel - did Cold Jordan and others - have a lousy recording of some of these songs too - after a break that seemed like an hour to us - Electric dead came out and were loud - cassette audio was overloaded and really awful - I remember I think
JOHN DAWSON holding up a joint onstage as long as 2 rolling papers together at least - Jerry in a tie-dyed violet tee shirt and at 2 am we hit the streets to walk home - way too late to call the parents for a ride, no security, lotsa reefer and laid-back show - my ticket stub says
2.50 price of admission - a good night but god-
40 years ago???? can't be, kennybee
October 13, 2010 Subject:
Deep Ellum Blues
Yes, it's a muddy recording, but it's nice to hear... It sounds like folks sitting on the front porch playing acoustic music.
Maybe you could have a tech person run this through some Auto-Tune to fix all the mistakes and totally ruin the recording.
May 10, 2010 Subject:
is unique and worth a listen...yes, it is a poor recording but with just jerry palying and pig backing up with the mouth harp it sure seems like a one of a kind performance...a piece of history forty years ago today
January 3, 2010 Subject:
I was at this show